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AFP-IC Luncheon Program

March 21, 2018

"Stewarding Donors with Dementia"

Speaker:  Rob Hofmann, M.S., CFRE, University of Minnesota Duluth

Time:  11:30 a.m. Registration and Buffet Lunch; 12 - 1:15 p.m. Program

Location:  The Willows on Westfield, 6729 Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis

Cost:  $30 AFP members/ $60 nonmembers

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Do you believe you know the warning signs of dementia? Do you know how to effectively communicate with a faithful donor in a meaningful and ethical way?  Too many of our aging donors are experiencing diminished mental capacities - especially the disease of dementia.  This presentation will empower professional fundraisers to work with these donors by recognizing the signs of dementia and implementing communication strategies to steward faithful donors in meaningful and ethical ways.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will gain an understanding of dementia, its growth in the aging population of donors, and some of the typical warning signs that donors with dementia may exhibit.
  • Participants will participate in a discussion of the ethical dilemmas professional fundraisers and their institutions face with this vulnerable population
  • Participants will understand 10 key communication strategies that may implement when stewarding donors with dementia.

Our hope is to inform "front line fundraisers" of the disease - not as clinicians - but as ethical fundraising professionals whom wish to continue compassionate stewardship with their faithful donors.

Robert Hofmann, MA, CFRE has worked as a professional fundraiser for more than twenty years.  Since 2007, he has worked for the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) as Senior Development Officer raising more than $16.5M for student scholarships and programs.  Before returning to his native Minnesota, Robert was appointed by RI Governor Carcieri to the Rhode Island Economic Monitoring Collaborative, and as a member of the RI Workforce Development/Education Council of the Greater Providence RI Chamber of Commerce.  He is married to Kathleen and resides in Hermantown, MN.